Locomotive Roster weekend 20th & 21st January 2018

Having held the fort on the weekend steam services this year, 43924 steps down this weekend for a well earned break.

Having spent Christmas in the Dales at the Embsay Steam Railway, TVR 02 Class 0-6-2T no. 85 returned after its duties there and will be at the head of steam services this weekend potentially in the same conditions experienced just over a year ago, after snow had fallen in the Valley. Our diesel railbus M79964 will be operating the diesel service on both days.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 85 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster weekend 13th & 14th January 2018

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 43924 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

The diesel service will be in the capable hands of our 1958 vintage railbus M79964, well worth taking a journey in this vehicle which celebrates its 60th birthday this year.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster weekend 6th & 7th January 2018

Having operated on the last Mince Pie Special in place of the failed 44871, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 43924 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

The diesel service will be in the capable hands of our 1958 vintage railbus M79964, well worth taking a journey in this vehicle which celebrates its 60th birthday this year.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

WD 2-8-0 90733 Withdrawn

Due for withdrawal in 2017 after 10 years service, WD 2-8-0 90733 had been granted an extension to its boiler certificate to allow further use well into 2018, with a final withdrawal date set as 6th April

However, despite being given an extension to its boiler ticket, following its last Santa Steam Special turn it was discovered that a couple of the small tubes had developed cracking. With a limited time in traffic and unable to justify the cost of repairs, the Locomotive Department reluctantly decided that it would not be economical to do a repair for the sake of a few more days running. It also means that its appearance at the 2018 Spring Gala will now not be its final appearance at a KWVR Gala, the 2017 Winter Steam gala now holds that honour.

Sadly, therefore, 2017 Santa Steam Specials have been the locomotive’s swansong, so it will be some time before we see this unique engine power its train up the Worth Valley.

Locomotive Roster Mince Pie Specials, Boxing Day – 1st January 2018

The final weekend of our Santa Steam Specials has now passed and the season came to its climax with the final trains on Christmas Eve with LMS 5MT 4-6-0 44871 taking Santa on his final journeys before he disappeared to prepare for his big night ahead.

Steam returns on Boxing Day with the ever popular Mince Pie Specials, which last year produced the perfect weather for winter photographs, although this year, the weather has, in the main, been kind to our visitors. Boxing day will see four round trips with 44871 which will continue daily through to 1st January 2018.

Intending passengers should note that it is pay-on-the-day on the Mince Pie Specials and certain departures can get very full.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster Amendment Saturday 23rd December 2017

Originally MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 was rostered for the last Saturday Santa Steam Special of 2017. However 43924 will not operate on this duty, there has been a change and USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will take it’s place taking Santa Claus between Keighley and Oxenhope. The Sunday service will be as originally advised with LMS 5MT 4-6-0 44871 and the diesel railcar service will be in the capable hands of the Class 101 DMU.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 23rd & Christmas Eve 2017

Visiting LMS Class 5MT 44871 and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 shared the Santa Steam Special duties at the weekend with diesel power provided by Class 25, 25 059. It will be the same again this weekend with 43924 on duty Saturday and 44871 taking Santa on his last trip up and down the Valley on Sunday.

Santa Steam Special ticket holders. wishing to take additional journeys can travel for free along the Worth Valley in the diesel railcar service which operates throughout the day. For those without a Santa ticket can travel on payment of the normal fare. This service starts at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

For the diesel railcar timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 16th & 17th December 2017

Visiting LMS Class 5MT 44871 deputised for WD 2-8-0 90733 on Sunday. With maintenance required on the Santa Steam Fleet, this weekend’s combination of locomotives should see visiting 44871 on the Saturday turn and on Sunday MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be making a rare Santa Steam Special appearance. Diesel power will be in the hands of either Class 25, 25 059 or Class 20, 20 031, depending on availability.

Pre-booked Santa Steam Specials take centre stage once again this weekend but for visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free to Santa Steam Special ticket holders.

For the diesel railcar timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 9th & 10th December 2017

This weekend, once again, we will have a combination of locomotives with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. For the last 2 weekends 90733 and 44871 have taken the steam duties but this weekend we have one change. On Saturday steam motive power will be provided by USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and on Sunday WD 2-8-0 90733 will once again have the honour of powering Santa up the Worth Valley. Diesel power will be in the capable hands of Class 25, 25 059 on both days.

Pre-booked Santa Steam Specials take centre stage once again this weekend but for visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free to Santa Steam Special ticket holders.

For the diesel railcar timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 2nd & 3rd December 2017

The first Santa Steam Specials ran at weekend in wonderful sunny, wintery conditions on Saturday but mixed weather on Sunday.

Pre-booked Santa Steam Specials take centre stage once again this weekend but for visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

This weekend, once again, we will have a combination of locomotives with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. On Saturday steam motive power will be provided by LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 44871 and on Sunday WD 2-8-0 90733  will have the honour of powering Santa up the Worth Valley. Diesel power will be in the capable hands of Class 25, 25 059 on both days.

The diesel railcar service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 25th & 26th November 2017

The first Santa Steam Specials run this weekend, when normal steam passenger services between now and Christmas are suspended and the pre-booked only Santa Steam Specials take centre stage. For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

Our volunteers have been working very hard decorating the carriages and stations and with trains full to capacity it is fingers crossed that we have fair weather to greet all our little visitors to Father Christmas.

This weekend will have a combination of locomotives with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. On Saturday steam motive power will be provided by WD 2-8-0 90733 and on Sunday visiting LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 44871 will have the honour of powering Santa up the Worth Valley. Diesel power will be in the capable hands of Class 25, 25 059 on both days.

Passengers without Santa tickets can travel on the diesel railcar service, buying a ticket at the station booking halls but those travelling on the Santa Steam Special can extend their enjoyment of the Railway free of charge by taking an additional ride in the railcar. The diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Civil Matters – Civil Week September 2017

When leaves were still on the trees and the temperature was somewhat higher than it is now as Winter approaches and the Santa Steam Special season is only a week away, the Civil Engineering Department held their annual working week when major engineering work is undertaken that necessitates the closure of the line.

In another of his excellent reports, James Barlow gives an in depth report of the superb work that the “gang” undertook in September 2017. Following on from the major relaying of Oakworth level crossing in 2016, work was once again concentrated on the area around Oakworth and the bridge 17 to the south. Here is James’ report.

Oakworth Continued…

While S&T week was very different to previous years, Civil “Week” was very much as you were, although this year we had two weeks due to the works at Bridge 17 requiring a 12 day closure.

A significant amount of effort has gone into the maintenance, repair, and renewal of the infrastructure around Oakworth over recent years. In my time at the railway (seven years this October, how time flies!) we have undertaken:

  • Three bridge refurbishments along Mytholmes Curve.
    • Bridge 18 & 19 waterproofed and masonry/brickworks repairs.
    • Bridge 17 waterproofed, abutment masonry/brickwork repairs and painting.
  • Renewed the level crossing deck.
  • Installed drainage along part of the track.
  • Repaired a collapsed culvert running beneath Oakworth Yard.
  • Construction of an embankment toe retaining wall with gabion baskets on Mytholmes Curve.
  • Repointed two retaining walls.
  • Renewed the turnout into the yard.
  • Cleared spoil from the Mytholmes Tunnel landslip site.

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Locomotive Roster weekend 18th & 19th November 2017

In just over a week’s time, our normal service trains give way to our seasonal Santa Steam Specials which start on the 25th November and run right through to Christmas Eve.

For this, the last weekend of ‘normal’ service trains, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will have the honours, of bringing the curtain down on 2017 standard timetable workings, which recommence on Saturday 6th January 2018. Our diesel railbus M79964 will once again operate the Saturday morning and a Sunday diesel services.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster weekend 11th & 12th November 2017

The first weekend in November was marked with some fine weather in the Worth Valley so hopefully this weekend will continue the trend. At the head of the steam service this weekend will be BR WD 2-8-0 90733.

These Winter months heralded the return to active service of our diesel railbus M79964 and this venerable vehicle will once again operate the Saturday morning and a Sunday diesel services.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster weekend 4th & 5th November 2017

 November is with us and Winter can’t be far behind, so weekend only running is now with us right through to 2018. The railway is back to normal after last week’s half term holiday and at the head of the steam service this weekend will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

The Winter months usually heralds the return to active service of our diesel railbus M79964 and 2017 is no exception. Having made an appearance last weekend M79964 will operate the Saturday morning and a Sunday diesel services.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

“From the Footplate” DVD

Brand new video from Steaming Around Yorkshire, ‘From the Footplate’ is now in stock at Haworth Station.

The video takes us on board the footplate of Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924 as it climbs the Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope giving the viewer a unique view of the activity on the footplate, as the crew battle with the KWVR’s punishing gradients, and the locomotive’s action below footplate.

Here is a short extract from the video to give a taster of what it is like to ride the Valley rails on the footplate of a steam locomotive.

Priced at £12.95 call in to the Haworth shop for your copy, call 01535 640464 (11.00 to 16.00 Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 17.00 Saturday & Sunday) or email shop@kwvr.co.uk.

 

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 23rd October and weekend 28th & 29th October 2017

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 is in action with the school half-term weekday service Monday to Friday.

At the weekend 43924 will give way to visiting LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 with the main service train for Saturday and Sunday with the Class 101 DMU on the Saturday morning service and all day Sunday diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster Wednesday 18th October and Beer & Music Festival 19th – 22nd October 2017

There are 5 days of continuous passenger workings this week starting on Wednesday with our midweek diesel railcar service which, once again, will feature our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

One of the North of England’s best Beer & Music Festivals starts on Thursday at 12.30 and continues right through to Sunday evening with train services operating Thursday – Saturday until close of business late into the night and until early evening on Sunday when the Festival will close for another year. The services will be operated each day as follows.

Thursday 19th – Class 101 DMU

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st – Diesel Class 37 075 (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, WD 2-8-0 90733 and LMS 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871

Sunday 22nd – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and LMS 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871

For the timetables in operation this week, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Beer & Music Festival Update

This popular event returns this weekend to once again tickle the taste buds of the discerning ale drinker with approximately 150 beers (mostly real ales) from all over the country to choose from. Cider and wine drinkers will also be able to have their thirst quenched with a wonderful selection of fine wines and ciders.

New for 2017 we will also have a selection of artisan gin available at Oxenhope and a ‘Cocktail & Gin Shack’ available at Ingrow.

Add in Music (Friday – Sunday) in the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope and in the marquee at Ingrow and the stage is set for another excellent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music Festival.

The Festival opens on Thursday at 12.30 with a diesel multiple train service between Keighley, first train at 12.25,  & Oxenhope, first train at 13.00. Steam and mainline diesel services operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For the all the details – beer list, bands, timetables, buses – visit the Beer & Music Festival page of the website.

Locomotive Roster weekend 14th & 15th October 2017 Update

Following a successful steam test after repairs, the locomotive for this weekends steam services will be WD 2-8-0 90733 and not visiting LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 as originally advised.

The weekend’s diesel service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.